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Ambassador Designate, Others, Pledge Support For Grassroots Football

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Nigeria’s Ambassador designate to Sierra Leone, Henry Omaku and some politicians in Nasarawa  have pledged more support for grassroot football development in the state.
They made the pledge in separate interviews with newsmen in Lafia, on Monday,  shortly after the conclusion of the Nasarawa State Football Association (NSFA) 2019/2020 ‘Premier League’ competition, a grassroot initiative for local football teams across the state.
Tidesports source gathred that the 2nd edition of the competition was organised by the NSFA, in partnership with Bet9ja, a betting company, with 42 teams across the state accredited to participate in the tournament, which kicked off on September 26, 2019.
After several fixtures and elimination rounds, Ogene Football Club and Kokona Selected Football Club emerged as finalists, with Kokona Selected FC eventually emerging champions, after defeating Ogene FC 4-2 via a penalty shootout, after playing a 1-1 draw in regulation time.
Omaku, who just got posted as ambassador to Sierra Leone, by President Muhammadu Buhari,  said he was impressed with the turnout of youths and supporters and the interest the competition had ignited across the state.
He said despite his deployment, he would continue to support any effort aimed at the development of grassroot football and sports, to give youths in the rural areas a sense of belonging and a platform to develop and showcase their skills.
“The tournament itself is highly fascinating. You can see how it brought people together. You can see how the youths are very cheerful, despite the pandemic. They still came out.
“I want to assure you that organising such tournaments will continue to foster unity among the diverse communities in the state and I will continue to play my part in that regard, because I love sports.
“I eat sports. I drink sports. So definitely, I will not stop supporting this kind of initiative,” he said.
Also speaking, Member representing Keana Constituency in the State Assembly, Mohammed Omadefu said he hoped the competition would be better organised in future editions, to attract more sponsorship for the benefit of the youths.
“For us in the house of assembly, we will do our best to provide the needed legislation to promote sports development in the state,” he said.
Chairman of Doma Local Government Area, Rabo Sani, also expressed delight at the organisation and conclusion of the tournament and appealed to the organisers to ensure its continuity, so as to expose more talents.
Chairman of the NSFA, Mohammed Alkali, who also spoke to the media,  said he was happy with the massive support received from across the state, including the media, who he credited with spreading the news about the competition.
“I cannot say anything more than to thank the media for giving us publicity right from the beginning to the finals. The media made sure people from the state heard of it. Even people outside the state and outside the country were aware,” he said.
He explained that the competition would have ended sometime in 2020, but for the outbreak of the COVID-19.

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Iyalo D King Cup: Obidianso FC Emerges Champions

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Obidianso Street FC of Port Harcourt has emerged winners of this year’s edition of Iyalo D King, 4 Aside football tournaments at the Amanakana football Stadium, Diobu, on Sunday, in Port Harcourt.
Speaking with journalists, after the finals match, the Chief sponsor of the competition, Victor Fubara, said the tournament was to sustain the existing peace and unity among the youths in Diobu axis of Port Harcourt.
He noted that there were a lot of talents  in the area which needed help, saying that, with the competition a lot of hidden talents has been discovered and they will be  exposed to the world of football. 
“I want to use this competition to change the narrative about the youths of Diobu in Port Harcourt.
I want to tell you that there is peace and unity among the youths in the area.
You can see joy and happiness on the faces of the people watching the game.
My   main purpose of organizing this tournament is to foster the existing peace and unity, also to pass a massage to the outside world that what they think about Diobu is different, “ Fubara stated.
Fubara who is popularly known as Diayo, revealed that he brought  some scouts to select some good players. 
“I personally just want to do it for them,” he said.
He used the medium to call on the Government to support his agenda and programme in terms of youth empowerment in different areas.  
“My message to the youths is to stop violence and embrace peace,” he stated. 
 At the end of the finals, Obidianso Street FC defeated Awgu Street FC 2-1 on penalty shootout after playing goalless draw in regulation time.

By: Kiadum Edookor

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Kano Pillars To Pay N5m Fine Over Covid-19 Protocol

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Kano Pillars have been charged for breaching the NPFL Framework and Rules, following the infraction in their Matchday 27 fixture vs Akwa Utd at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium, Kaduna last Sunday.
The Kano club has been charged for breaching the Covid-19 Protocol by admitting and/or permitting spectators and supporters into the venue.
Pillars are also charged for encroachment after their supporters encroached onto the field of play, thereby disrupting the match.
The club is further charged for failing to provide adequate security leading to failure in crowd control and restriction of access by unauthorised persons to restricted areas.
In line with The Nigeria Football Federation directives, Kano Pillars are hereby sanctioned with a fine of N5 million for breaching the Covid-19 Protocol. 
A fine of N2.5 million is also imposed on Kano Pillars for encroachment by their supporters, which led to a discontinuation of the match.
There is also an imposed sanction of a deduction of 3 points, which shall be suspended for the duration of the remainder of the season, subject to good conduct.
The club also faces a venue sanction of being banned from their Kaduna home ground and subsequently moved to another venue if there is a recurring event.
Kano Pillars have been directed to submit a revised security plan within 7 days and ensure they comply strictly with Covid-19 Protocol. All subject to approval by the LMC.
The club, however, has 48 hours from the date of notice to appeal these sanctions.

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Super Falcons Have So Much To Offer – Oshoala

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Asisat Oshoala is proud of Super Falcons’ spirited second-half performance against the Portuguese last Monday.
The African women’s champions came back twice to force the Europeans to a 3-3 draw at their second Group game in the ongoing National 2021 WNT Summer Series at the BBVA Stadium.
Reacting to the result, the Barcelona Femino striker, hailed the fighting spirit and said the team had so much potential.
  I am proud of everyone. We were two goals down and then 3-2 in the 88th minute and we did it. I want to say this is just the beginning.
“We have so much in this team. We don’t even know what we have, people out there kept cheering us when we had the ball because we kept on pushing. That’s the spirit!” she said.
Following the thrilling six-goal match, the Super Falcons will head to Austin yesterday for today’s final match against the United States at the Q2 Stadium as Jamaica and Portugal bid the Summer Series farewell after two games.

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